No matter how much you may want to, you cant stay out on your boat forever. Sooner or later you have to head back to the dock and face reality. But when you tie your boat off for the day are you taking the necessary precautions to protect your boat and your dock from any possible damage? The best protection you can use when tying off to any structure would be the use of fenders, or bumpers if you have to call them that. If you are not using fenders, then your just letting your boat thrash against the dock or pilings. This not only can cause damage to your boat, but what ever structure you are tied to as well. In this article I will go over the types of fenders, recommended sizes, and proper ways of hanging them in various situations.